Consul in Elysian Valley; fines to Occidental College; man killed when lying under truck

Eastside Review

Edited by BARRY LANK

A recap of some of the past week’s scenes, sightings and stories from across the Eastside.

  • Many L.A. Unified students had to stay indoors during the solar eclipse Monday unless they had a signed parental permission slip allowing them to attend an eclipse viewing event. KPCC
  • A big jump in trash hauling and recycling fees under a new city franchise system has raised hackles across town. One of the new fees dings property owners $43.30 if workers have to open a gate. L.A. Times
  • A vegan menu will debut next month at the Roosevelt High School cafeteria in Boyle Heights as part of a pilot program at seven campuses. The menu will feature such items as chili with tortilla chips, bean tamales, sausage subs, teriyaki patty sandwiches and Hungry Planet’s burgers. The cafeterias will also continue to serve regular items as well. The Eastsider
  • A $50,000 reward related to the fatal shooting last December of 25-year-old Victor Duenas, Jr. has been unanimously approved by the City Council. Duenas was standing on the front porch of his home on Grey Drive on December 7, 2016 when someone on the street opened fire on him. Duenas fled into his house, but was fatally shot in the back as he made it into his living room. The Eastsider
  • Cal State L.A. in El Sereno received a $16.6 million grant – the largest ever awarded to the school – to help improve dental care for children in underserved communities near Cal State LA, USC and the San Gabriel Valley. L.A. Times
  • Food trucks that park for more than 30 minutes on residential streets in violation of city law face much high penalties under a motion adopted by the City Council. My News LA
  • The Consulate General of Guatemala in Los Angeles is now in Elysian Valley. After a soft opening in January, officially opened their new facilities at 1975 Riverside Drive this summer. An estimated 400 to 700 people make use of consular services on a daily basis. The Eastsider
  • A visit to what is probably Echo Park’s smallest barbershop, a one-chair affair tucked behind a stairway painted in red, white and blue stripes. The owner Cecilia Rios, who took over the shop after her father retired, is competing against newer and flashier newcomers that have opened up as the neighborhood has gentrified. L.A. Times
  • Frogs legs have returned to the menu at Taix French Restaurant in Echo Park, raising questions such as … where do restaurants get frogs legs, anyway? What’s the “right” kind of frogs leg, and what’s the wrong kind? And if frogs legs taste kind of like chicken, how do they not taste like chicken? The Eastsider
  • Occidental College faces “substantial” fines for “numerous, serious, persistent, and systemic” failures in the way it reported and issued warnings about crime on or near the Eagle Rock campus between 2009 and 2013, according to a federal review. The same report determined that Occidental is now in compliance with laws governing the reporting of crime on college campuses. Occidental College & L.A. Times
  • The man who was lying under a fuel truck at an Arco station in Echo Park was killed when the truck pulled out of the station. The man was identified as Theodore Ranger, 55, an American-Indian. It’s not clear why Ranger was under the truck but the station’s video captured the incident, police said. The Eastsider
  • The Eagle Rock High football team will compete against three other schools in an academic contest. The team with the highest cumulative grade point average will receive a $2,500 equipment grant and an invite to a Rams game. L.A. Times
  • An entertainment and advertising production company has paid $20 million for a cluster of factory and warehouse buildings in Lincoln Heights that date back to 1885. They have been most recently used for filming – and the new owners, Buck Design, plan to continue to operate the 9-building property as a filming production center. Curbed L.A. & Urbanize L.A.
  • A man who was run over by a forklift near the L.A. County-USC Medical Center in Lincoln Heights was awarded $10.8 million in damages by a jury. My News LA
  • Decades old documents found in a Boyle Heights closet helped a Stanford historian explain how the Club Social Guadalupe Victoria, one of the many social clubs formed by Mexican immigrants in Los Angeles, helped sustain an entire town in Mexico. Stanford
  • A four-car crash on the southbound 5 Freeway next to Griffith Park left a 12-year-old boy in grave condition and a 35-year-old female in critical condition. A third person sustained minor injuries. L.A. Fire Department
  • The decomposing body of 24-year-old USC graduate student Jacob Kelley was found about a week after he died in a dorm room at the school’s health sciences campus in Lincoln Heights Heights. Officials believe Kelley died of natural causes. My News LA & L.A. Times

Photo of the Week

Silver Lake | Gina Acuna


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